Characteristics of the electronic invoice in Austria

The electronic invoice in Austria has been voluntary for companies in the private sphere since 2013. To comply with European directives regarding the use of electronic invoices by public administrations Austria has implemented the mandatory use of the electronic invoice by central public administrations in 2014 and extended the obligation to federal states and municipal authorities in 2020. 

Tax Authority

Tax Authority

Eidgenössische Steuerverwaltung - ESTV.

Obligation

Obligation

Currently, its use is only mandatory for central, federal and municipal public entities. Suppliers of federal and municipal authorities must issue e-invoices. It is completely voluntary in the private sphere.

Format

Format

Invoices can be sent in the national ebInterface or the PEPPOL format.

Digital Signature

Digital Signature

Not mandatory.

Archiving

Archiving

7+1 years.

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Common questions

The central authorities must receive and process electronic invoices through a national platform called the eRechnung.gv.at which is connected to the PEPPOL network. However, the Federal State’s and municipal government’s public administrations can use the national platform through the PEPPOL network, or can choose any other reception method. 

The eRechnung.gv.at is the central government’s electronic invoice reception portal. It is an application of the government’s central documentation reception portal called the Unternehmensserviceportal (USP).

Implementation of e-Invoicing around the world

The technical and legal requirements for e-Invoicing are different in each country. If you want to know the details and tax obligations of any particular country, just click on the map or choose a country from the dropdown list.